Patent issued for chemical weapon detection and identification

1st Detect Corporation, a subsidiary of Astrotech Corporation, recently announced that it has been awarded a patent for a key piece of technology to be used in chemical detection and identification.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued the patent for the company’s unique method of driving a spectrometer ion trap that will be present in chemical detection devices, according to MSNBC.

"We are extremely pleased that the USPTO has issued this highly significant patent covering our unique ion trap technology," John Porter, the company’s CEO, said, MSNBC reports. "We continue to make considerable progress in our development of the 1st Detect Miniature Chemical Detector and this patent is an important component of our intellectual property portfolio."

The patent, entitled “Driving a Mass Spectrometer Ion Trap or Mass Filter,” will protect 1st Detect’s ability to consistently monitor ion traps and dynamically alter changing parameters within them.

"The technology protected by this patent supports our objective to offer the most affordable, high performance mass spectrometer for both laboratory and field applications," David Rafferty, the company’s president, said, according to MSNBC.

The technology is intended to be used in 1st Detect’s Miniature Chemical Detector, a small, easily portable field detection device that is reportedly capable of identifying residues and vapors from explosives, chemical warfare agents, illicit drugs and pollution.